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February 1934


Arch Otolaryngol. 1934;19(2):216-223. doi:10.1001/archotol.1934.03790020062006

Nasopharyngeal fibroma is a rare and interesting form of growth. It is found most often in adolescent boys. It develops rapidly, filling the retronasal space and extending into the nasal cavity, and in many cases gives rise to frequent and abundant hemorrhage. The universal observation in regard to this growth, and one of its most peculiar characteristics, is that it has a tendency to disappear in early adult life.

The history of this type of tumor dates back to Hippocrates, who mentioned the condition in his early writings and described an operative method for its removal.1 During the past two centuries a great deal has been written, and many methods have been used for the treatment of the condition, with varying success.

Nasopharyngeal fibroma consists almost entirely of connective tissue in which are embedded lymph vessels and many thin-walled blood vessels practically devoid of a contractile coat. There is

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